Answered by Sara-Jane Skinner, Head of Partnerships at Blue Marine Foundation and 2016 ten-day rider.
How fit do I need to be?
For the ten and six day rides, the earlier you start your training, the better. Last year I started training three months before the ride, with a moderate level of fitness (I could run 10km fairly comfortably).
How much training do I need to do?
I followed a weekly training program over 3 months but essentially you need to ride your bike as much as you can getting used to enduring long distances over consecutive days and practice hill climbs. Surrey hills is good training!
Where does the money go?
All money raised by London to Monaco riders and sponsors will directly support four ocean conservation projects. You can read more about them here.
Are there any group training sessions?
Yes. Rapha Travel will provide two training rides prior to the event - these will be listed in the community calendar so stay tuned! There will also be additional training rides offered in run up to the event with pro riders in London and in Monaco. These will be announced over the course of the next few months.
What happens if I raise less than £1000?
£1000 is a fundraising target and we hope all riders will try their hardest to reach it. However, if you do not, you are still able to join the ride.
How should I go about fund raising?
Riders will be provided with a fundraising pack upon signup. This will include ideas and support to hit your target.
How comfortable are the hotels?
Every hotel is a minimum of three-star. They are comfortable and will provide a great night's sleep!
Will I have to share a room with a stranger?
Rooms are based on twin occupancy. Upon signup you have the option to share with a friend. If you are doing the ride alone you will share with one other rider of the same sex.
What happens if I get a puncture?
The ride is fully-supported by the Rapha Travel team with roadside assistance. They will provide basic spare parts and assistance to repair your puncture.
What happens if I get ill on the ride?
The ride is accompanied by a doctor at all times. They will assess your condition and provide medical assistance as necessary. Each rider is, however, responsible for their own medical and travel insurance.
Can I ride on an electric bike?
Yes. London to Monaco is a challenge for all riders.
Can I talk to someone who did the ride last year?
Absolutely, we'd be delighted to answer any questions. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
What do I need to bring in terms of clothing (for evenings, etc.)?
Bring loose and comfortable clothing. A pair of open shoes and trainers is also recommended and a warm jumper for chilly evenings.
What other kit do I need to bring?
Extra cycling kit for cooler and wetter weather is advised.
If laundry isn’t provided, how do I get my kit washed?
Kit can be washed in your own room. Please bring your own travel wash for this purpose. In some towns it may be possible to use a local launderette, though this is down to the rider.
How hard is the First Day ride from London to Folkestone? Is it OK to do it without training?
The first day encompasses Kent hills and covers 115km with some steep climbs. It is strongly advised to train in advance of the first day ride.
How hard is the Last Day ride from Carros to Monaco? Is it OK to do it without training?
The last day starts from the north of Nice where you will need to negotiate your way through town including some hill climbs into Monaco itself. Again, it is strongly advised to train in advance of the last day ride.
If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to get in touch. We'd be delighted to answer them and hope to see you on the road with us over the summer months!